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Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2009’

  • The backstory is always more interesting

    Sometimes the story about getting the story is better than what ends up in print. This time, we’re determined not to let that happen. It’s just too doggone funny. Hours before the fiscal deadline and with a government shutdown looming, the media were clamoring in the halls …

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  • Kavanagh says TABOR might replace flat tax

    House Appropriations Chairman Rep. John Kavanagh said some legislators have started to tout a taxpayer bill of rights, or TABOR, as an alternative to a flat income tax rate in the 2010 budget. Speaking at legislative wrap-up breakfast hosted by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of …

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  • Budget runs into problems in Senate Approps

    The Senate Appropriations Committee has recessed twice after starting today’s budget hearings hours later than they had planned. The first recess was called after the committee voted down the first of 9 budget bills on the agenda. S1470 was rejected after a 4-4 vote. Sens. Pamela Gorman, …

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  • Budget vote possible Saturday; rules intact

    The following question was raised by an astute reader who commented on a Capitol Times story earlier today: Can the Legislature vote on a budget this Saturday, June 27, considering measures must be read in chamber three times and on different days? The short answer is “yes,” but …

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  • Arizona Chamber chairman passes gavel

    During its 2009 Meeting & Awards, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Dick Hannon of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona “passed the gavel” to Chairman-Elect Don Robinson of APS. The organization’s annual event also featured awards and introduced a slew of new leaders.

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  • Justices quick on the draw, but ruling odd

    That was fast. And somewhat bewildering. It took the Arizona Supreme Court roughly five hours to issue a ruling that left both sides claiming victory in a legal challenge that resulted from the seriously fouled up budget negotiations between Gov. Jan Brewer and the Arizona Legislature. …

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  • Brewer v. Legislature – highlights from today’s hearing

    Myriad Republican lawmakers attended this morning’s Arizona Supreme Court hearing in the legal challenge that pits Gov. Jan Brewer against top Republicans in the Legislature. The hearing lasted about an hour, with both sides given 30 minutes to present their arguments to the five state …

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  • Supreme Court rules on ELL case

    This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a few cases that impact Arizona, including the English language learners case. will provide updates and reaction from lawmakers. For now, check out the court’s official ruling at

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  • What’s on tap

    The Senate is back in full gear today, trying to make up for lost time on non-budget bills. After working the past two Fridays, the chamber seems intent on finishing work on at least some of the measures that have sat idle for the past …

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  • Tell us what you think

    It was about time the Arizona Capitol Times got a new Web site. It was obvious that we had outgrown the old one. There’s just too much going on at the Capitol – and we needed a better, more efficient way to bring you the …

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